For as long as I can remember, we’ve been told to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. For most of the people I know – that’s not an easy task. So, they took to drinking sparkling water instead. Sparkling water is simply filtered or purified water which has been carbonated. This affects the taste quite a bit – and for me – the biggest side effect is the gassiness that follows. But, is that all we should be considering when we drink sparkling water? Or are there more benefits or dangers we’re simply unaware of? We tackle this topic head-on!
Is Sparkling Water Fattening?
This is probably the first question out the mouths of those who are concerned about the possible side effects of sparkling water. And in short – as documented by NY Daily News says – NO! A direct except of an article published online reads “If somebody doesn’t like the taste of water, they shouldn’t be concerned if sparkling is all they’re drinking,” said Manhattan-based nutritionist Keri Gans, RDN, CND. “Sparkling water is just as hydrating. All it is is added carbonation.”
It’s actually suggested that replacing fizzy, sugary drinks with sparkling water may be the most effective method of “weaning” yourself from things like Coke, etc. Why? It still gives you the feeling of drinking a fizzy drink, without all the added calories and sugars.
Will Sparkling Water Make You Bloated?
Referring back to the only side effect of sparkling water I’ve yet to experience. ANY kind of carbonated drink will inevitably increase your gas levels and if they are not expelled in time, will cause bloating. This issue can be avoided by allowing yourself to expel the gas discretely. An associated side effect is the “bubbling” noise that extra gas in your stomach will cause. So, if you’re going to be replacing your regular, still water with sparkling water, you may want to consider these side effects and they damage they may cause in the long run (continual bloating and build-up of gas can become unbearably uncomfortable, so take the necessary precautions).
What Is In Sparkling Water?
If we are talking about pure, filtered water with only the addition of gas – then the only additive would natural;ly be CO2 (carbon dioxide). The problem comes into play when we begin adding flavourants and additives. A prime example is tonic water. It contains extra sodium (salt) and sugar! Club Soda (less popular in South Africa) also contains extra salts – always, a;ways check the label of you are buying pre-canned or pre-bottled water.
Still VS Sparkling Water: The Verdict
So, which is better? This one is pretty easy. If you are directly replacing your ordinary filtered water with plain, sparkling water (with no cordials, flavours or sugars added) – then you are in the safe zone. Just keep an eye out for the additional gas intake and be sure to expel the gas to avoid bloating and belching.
Tonic waters and Club Soda’s should be scrutinized for their additives – and this should be considered according to your health status (avoid tonic water if you have high blood pressure or high sugar levels).
So, in short – NO. Sparkling water is NOT unhealthy. It will NOT make you gain weight and it is safe to drink!
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